That’s right. You can relive your childhood wishes of jumping on a trampoline—and get fit, too.
In fact, using a trampoline or rebounding is a great way to pump up your cardiovascular system and to have fun at the same time! If you can’t find a trampoline fitness class, then mini trampolines, or rebounders, are great, too. And they’re portable—meaning that you can even work out in front of the TV if you want to.
Not only is rebounding on a mini trampoline fun, but it also has some astounding health benefits.
Truth be told, rebounding is an effective exercise that reduces your body fat; firms your arms, legs, thighs, abdomen and hips; increases your agility; strengthens your muscles overall; provides an aerobic effect for your cardiopulmonary systems; rejuvenates your body when it's tired, and generally puts you in a state of mental and physical wellness.
If you’re new to a rebounder, then start by bouncing lightly on the rebounder, being sure to keep your feet planted on the mini trampoline. Or, try minimal bouncing by raising only your heels off the rebounder in an alternating pattern. Additionally, try some light jogging with your feet a few inches off the rebounder.
For those not new to the rebounder, you can increase your “bounce” by allowing your feet to leave the rebounder mat—keeping in mind that the higher you bounce, the better the workout.
Additional Tips: For more advanced “fun,” jog on your rebounder, raising your knees up to waist height. You can also incorporate jumping jacks on your mini trampoline, making sure your feet land well within the confines of the rebounder mat. To amp up your workout even more, you can run—instead of jog—on your trampoline. You can also add in light weights or high jumps—bouncing as high as you can with your arms extended to the sides—to your trampoline workouts.
So, make fitness fun! Go ahead and jump away on that trampoline or rebounder.
In order to avoid risk of injury, please seek advice directly from your physician, especially if you have existing medical issues, before beginning any exercise or nutritional program. Also be sure to stretch after exercise to avoid muscle and joint tightness.